Michael Cade, 21 at the time, turned the small town of Olathe, Kansas upside down with his actions the night of January 28th, 1983.
He’s a monster. – Paul Duffield
Cade has said he randomly selected John and Carole Duffield’s Olathe home to break into and reign terror on. He entered the home with a two-pound hammer, beating 15 year-old Paul Duffield and leaving him for dead, before moving on to his next child victim. He beat 12 year-old Janelle to death with the same hammer. Kelly, the Duffield’s 17 year-old daughter was forced from the house by Cade. Her body was found 10 days later at Frisco Lake. She had been raped, beaten and left to die alone, in a drainage ditch.
Cade was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and robbery.
Under today’s laws, Cade would be eligible for the death penalty. However, with no death penalty in Kansas at the time, he was sentenced to life and eligible for parole. His first opportunity came in 1998 and again in 2008. Denied both times, with campaigns against his release being led by the Duffield family. His next chance happens in 2018.
John Duffield passed in 1998 and Carole in 2011. All deceased members of the Duffields are laid to rest at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Olathe, KS.
Are there ever times that you experience deja vu? Maybe times you look back and recognize foresight? Well, this clip from Tamika Pledger’s Twitter account @TamikaPledger could fit right into either of those categories. Whichever you may choose, the overall outcome is devastating, because just a few weeks later on January 30, 2015 Ms. Pledger, 38, candidate for Unified Government Commissioner would find herself in custody for four felony counts of reckless aggravated battery. She is accused of hitting four teens with her vehicle. Since the incident, one teen, 17 year-old Tierra Smith, has died to change one charge to involuntary manslaughter.
Court documents released on February 12, 2015 state that Pledger was speeding her Mercedes, 54 in a 20 MPH at 13th and Troup.
Fox 4 reports:
Some witnesses told police it appeared the driver swerved toward the pedestrians. Then, according to the document, they saw bodies flying.
Police and firefighters responded to the scene and found people “hurt, crying, screaming and attempting to flee the scene.”
Police say witnesses told them that when Pledger got out of her car, she said, “I am sorry. I am so sorry everyone, but I’m just protecting my family, too.”
Tamika Pledger reported exited her car stating that she couldn’t stop… we are still talking about a Mercedes remember… Sidenote: She couldn’t stop because she was over-driving the road design traveling 54 in a 20.
Her story continues…
While Pledger was incarcerated, she was recorded on the phone saying to the other party;
“What I really want to do is, if I don’t get out of here, I need you guys to go on the Plan B, Plan C. My Plan B and C is to get with the family and the media… all you guys together and say, ‘We will not press charges on her. We know it was an accident. We don’t know why she’s still in there. We’re asking for them to drop the charges and let her go.’”
Ultimately, once released on $50,000 bond, she went to Facebook to tell the tale of how the Devil made her do it. Oh, and she’s still on the ballot for Commissioner. If she gets voted in, I’m leaving…
DeMario D. Thompson, 19, arrested on a JoCo warrant for Murder One. He is the suspect in the murder of Steven Sawyer, 49, in Overland Park on New Year’s Eve morning. Sawyer was warming his car and believed to have interrupted the auto theft in progress. Thompson’s bond is set at $1,000,000.